Pale Dogwood – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2017 is Pale Dogwood.

PANTONE 13-1404 Pale Dogwood

Continuing the tranquil mood, Pale Dogwood is a quiet and peaceful pink shade that engenders an aura of innocence and purity. The unobtrusive Pale Dogwood is a subtle pink whose soft touch infuses a healthy glow.

Laurie Pressman
Vice-President of the Pantone Color Institute

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Pale Dogwood! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!
Linda from LazyYVintage says:.
I love pink come spring. This tulip vase is a beautiful little piece of florist ware that to me embodies the essence of the spring season. The lovely, tranquil pale pink in a frosted glass accent piece is perfect flowers or just to bring in that pastel, comfy look to your decor.
LazyYVintage

LazyYVintage

Nancy Duncanfrom EponasCrystals says:.

Rose quartz beads, the color of pale dogwood petals. The sterling silver chain has been antiqued. Perfect for spring!

EponasCrystals

EponasCrystals

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says:

These earrings are strong and dramatic! The textures created during the making of these earrings are beautifully highlighted by the pale dogwood glaze, which also creates a soft finish ideal for a wide variety of fashion ensembles.

DeeDeeDeesigns

Simone aka Rose from RosesFeltWorkshop says:

I have several items in my shop that are a very pale subtle pink, but I think this is my favourite. The rose is my favourite flower, so evocative of an English Summer, but they don’t last very long. Here I have made a rose that you can wear all year long.

RosesFeltWorkshop

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says:

This heart necklace is sweet pale dogwood. 14 KG rose quartz heart necklace. It is very delicate for just the right petite neck. It would make a great gift and is priced to sell!

PearlsVintagebyPam

Dianafrom joliefemmebydiana says:

I love the softness of pink when paired with the edgy rock skulls stars and sparkle of this fun print. A great gift for a pink rocker!

joliefemmebydiana

I choose these papers to make tags with because of the soft pinks. One of which is the pale dogwood pink. These would be great for tagging gifts or treat bags for girls or women… great for Mother’s Day gifts.
ThisandThatCrafter

ThisandThatCrafter

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

I love the combination of different shades of pink and brown – they go so well together. The pale dogwood with the tiny white dots behind the “darling” is my favorite part of this card beside the bird. The idea for this card came around Valentine’s Day, but you can give it to someone who is special in your life any other day in the year as well. After all, it’s always a good time to tell someone he or she is our darling, right?

CarolaBartz

Member Feature: Hieropice

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Dara of Hieropice, our featured member!

Hieropice

Hieropice

Tell us about yourself.

I’m a jewelry/home decor artist based just outside of Boston.  I’ve been enamored with all things nature since I was a child, and nature is the focus of my work. I’m also a foodie, and like exploring the creative intersections between the culinary and craft worlds.  When I’m not making things, I’m cuddling the furry creatures in my life, foraging for materials, and I may have seen a “Housewives” episode or two!

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

I started on Etsy full-time in 2010, and was a part-time maker before then.  I was laid-off during the recession, and struggled to find a full-time position in my field with comparable pay/benefits to what I’d had, so I decided it was time to try to make a go of my own business.2

Tell us a bit about your products.

I started out solely selling my jewelry online and in stores, but have since expanded my product line to offer a variety of home decor items, including etched glass vessels, wall-art, ornaments, magnets, etc.  The botanical theme is present in all of my products; I sculpt miniatures from polymer clay and combine them with preserved natural elements to create “miniature terrarium necklaces,” make ornaments, magnets and wall-art from preserved, foraged and created natural materials.  I etch glass vessels with my original botanical illustrations of culinary plants for use as decanters, oil pourers and diffusers.  I am always working on developing pieces that will be interesting and consistent with my brand.3

What inspires your work?           

There is plenty of inspiration in nature.  I think I am on an everlasting quest to try to capture it, in its most perfect form.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

I aim to increase my sales outlets this year.  I will be looking into more brick-and-mortar venues, which I’ve generally avoided in the past because my jewelry was so time-consuming to make and the price of consignment/wholesale so steep. Some of my new items will work in for consignment/wholesale much more easily.  Ultimately, I could see running my own brick-and-mortar shop.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

I try very hard to make original products.  Of course, when you come up with a good idea, someone is bound to try to do their own take on it.  I always strive to create items that are different from what’s currently in the marketplace, and hope my customers can distinguish the value of my handmade work from others trying to replicate it.  “Terrarium necklace” yields a lot more search results than it did when I began making them, and while I don’t see others identical to mine out there, a flooded marketplace means it’s time to move on to new things!5

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

I do have an in-home studio, as of 2015.  It’s small, but it really helps with production!6

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

The importance of meticulous record-keeping.  Tracking expenses for supplies, travel to purchase supplies, to craft shows, the profit you make on the sale of each item, etc., it’s all very tedious.  But it means the difference between a viable business and a potentially costly hobby.  I was really reluctant to break down the numbers initially, particularly since with jewelry you’re literally talking about the cost of a single bead sometimes… Had I not, I would’ve probably abandoned my business long ago, I would have had no understanding of how to actually profit in my business.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Do your homework!  There’s a wealth of information in the Seller Handbook.  Ask questions of seasoned sellers in the forums.  Etsy has changed a lot since its inception, the days of tossing up some listings and waiting for sales are gone.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

I watch so much tv!  I hate to admit it, but having it on in the background helps me destress.  I love Zumba and sing in a community choir as well.  I love trying new restaurants and try to find a new one each week to test out.  And Netflix documentaries are the best!

What is your favorite quote?

I don’t have one, really.

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Facebook: Hieropice

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Thanks so much for including me in this feature!4

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If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.

Member Feature: MustHaveBeenTheCat

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Cat of MustHaveBeenTheCat, our featured member!

MustHaveBeenTheCat

MustHaveBeenTheCat

Tell us about yourself.

I live in Tasmania, the beautiful island state of Australia. Surrounded by mountains, river and sea it’s truly a beautiful place to be.

I love all sorts of craft and I love to combine my love of sewing with my love of cats and so MustHaveBeenTheCat was born. I make all sorts of quirky cat creations but my most popular item is my cat shaped neck and shoulder therapy packs which can be used hot or cold.

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

I opened MustHaveBeenTheTheCat in 2011.

MustHaveBeenTheCat was the perfect chance to combine my love of cats and my love of sewing.

I chose MustHaveBeenTheCat as it’s often the cat that gets blamed for anything that goes wrong.

“Who knocked that expensive vase off the shelf?” “It must have been the cat!”tillie

Tell us a bit about your products.

My best selling items are my heat packs. I have cat, dog and fox shaped neck and shoulder wrap heat packs. Great for easing those sore and stiff necks.

I also have cat dolls,cat themed totes and phone covers, book covers, fleecy scarves and hand warmers.

My newest range are my cat shaped weighted shoulder wraps and lap pillows for those with sensory processing issues.2015-10-21-20-45-02

What inspires your work?           

I am inspired by my love of cats. They are so irresistible. Every cat has its own personality. Just like my own creations, no two are the same.

I have to admit to being a fabricholic or is it a curator of fabric? So much beautiful fabric and so little time and so little room.

Being able to sell my creations made with gorgeous fabrics gives me an excuse to buy more.fox6a

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

 I’d like to get a standalone website up and running and use up some more of my gorgeous fabric collection.c2387013154ca0cf52dd8f1de07ca540

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

I think I have a niche market ans no-one else creates the things I do but if I we are just talking about heat packs mine are unique as they are cat, fox and dog shaped made in gorgeous fabrics and no two are alike.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

My work space is my kitchen table so it can be frustrating as I have to pack up everything at the end of the day and set it up again the next time.

My ultimate dream would be to have a dedicated work space …. my own studio.78fa376f2fd4c0060381c9fd90bbfb8d

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

I wish I had known how much work it would be and also how much fun it would be and that I would find such a wonderful support network on Etsy.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Make sure you join an active and supportive team it can make all the difference to your success.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

When I’m not working I’m studying. I’m doing a second degree course as well as a certificate course. It keeps me busy and out of mischief.

I’ve also taken up quilting and love to use up all those scraps from my creations to make new fabric and exciting quilts. Well if I’m really honest I make lots of quilt tops but haven’t actually finished any yet. So many things to do and so little time.ab35b19e70093909eb4c16441222e4df

What is your favorite quote?

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Where can people find out more about your business?  

You can also find me on:
Instagram: http://instagram.com/musthavebeenthecat
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/musthavebeenthecat

And my Shopify store: https://must-have-been-the-cat.myshopify.com

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If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.

Member Feature: PinkParchmentSoaps

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Trish of PinkParchmentSoaps, our featured member!

PinkParchmentSoaps

PinkParchmentSoaps

Tell us about yourself.

I am a wife and mother. I have a wonderful husband who supports me in all of my endeavors. I have 2 wonderful girls, now in their 20’s and they are my pride and joy.

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

Created in 2007, Pink Parchment Soaps offers a complete line of all natural, fun and unique soaps as well as body butters, sugar scrubs and solid perfumes.

Why? Because we love making all natural, almost all natural and simply fun products! Years ago we bought some handmade soap. WOAH Hold the water, hold the bubbles, hold the soap! Who knew the difference? We didn’t, but then we did and what a difference it was. We immediately fell in love with handmade soaps and bought more and more and more. (Yes we LOVE handmade soap) Finally one day Jim (Dear husband and father) said, “You know, I think you could make this yourself”. Waa Haa Haa, boy was he right! And how much fun we had! A few classes and a couple of boat loads of soaps later, we had more soap than we knew what to do with AND we still and a thousand new ideas we wanted to try.soap-room

Tell us a bit about your products.

We make handmade bath and beauty products. Our current line up includes: Soap, Sugar Scrubs, Body Butters, Shower Steamers, Bath Bombs and Perfume. We are planning on adding bath salts and some aromatherapy products this year. Stay Tuned! We love searching out and finding ingredients that come from small businesses  as well as local businesses.2

What inspires your work?           

That’s a hard question! I’d have to say mostly nature. Flowers and color combinations that are beautiful.moon-glow-4-1000

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

We would love to be able to grow our business and be able to hire some local people who have our same ideals and goals. For me, this includes being able to pay a living wage, provide health care, have an inspiring work place, work with creative people who love their work and love to laugh and of course – have fun.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

I think what makes us stand out the most is that we make beautiful products, use the highest quality ingredients, and make products that make people feel better about their day!

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

I currently have a separate kitchen and separate “soap room”. The soap room was once our living room.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

Oh my! There is so much that I have learned! Go to conferences! Meet people who are in the same line of business and really, truly listen to what worked and didn’t work for them and why. Get inspired by the people you meet. Take customer suggestions and feedback seriously – but evaluate if what they have to say works for you and your current business model. Know that you will make mistakes. We all do. Get over it and move on.

Have a dream and dream big!

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Yes! I would suggest doing research on what kind of products you want to sell. And I know this has been said a thousand times – have good titles, tags, keywords and most of all have good photos. Fill in all of your information, and I think this is the most important – make sure you show up in the search. Think like someone who is trying to find your product and what they would search on. Because, if no one can find you, well you simply won’t sell anything.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

We do lots! Gardening is always on the top of the list. Yoga, walking in the woods, cooking YUM – we all love trying new recipes, traveling, going to see bonsai exhibitions – what a fantastic art this is! Going to the movies, the zoo, plays, musicals!

What is your favorite quote?

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
Virginia Wolf

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Etsy: PinkParchmentSoaps3

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If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.

Pink Yarrow – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2017

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2017 is Pink Yarrow.

PANTONE 17-2034 Pink Yarrow

Tropical and festive, Pink Yarrow is a whimsical, unignorable hue that tempts and tantalizes. Bold, attention getting and tempestuous, the lively Pink Yarrow is a captivating and stimulating color that lifts spirits and gets the adrenaline going.

Laurie Pressman
Vice-President of the Pantone Color Institute

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

Members of the EtsyChristmasInJuly Team have been inspired by the color Pink Yarrow They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!
This upcycled button ring features the dynamic Pantone pink yarrow colour and features a flower design which is ideal for spring!

I love this ring – it is fun and happy!

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

It’s time to bring out the spring wardrobe! Beautiful pink yarrow cathedral beads with gold findings. Elegant and sassy at the same time. These remind me of the colors of spring flowers.

EponasCrystals

EponasCrystals

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeSupplies says:

These pink yarrow beads are fastened on a string and are ideal for a wide range of craft projects , including dress/costume design, journals, jewellery, party favours, garlands and bunting.

Also great for quick kids party projects – necklaces, bracelets and hair ties.

DeeDeeSupplies

DeeDeeSupplies

Diana from joliefemmebydiana says:

Spring means bright color and bright colors are happy! This bag has peace and love fabric combined with pink yarrow, orange, and yellow. A fun little gift for those who like to travel light!

joliefemmebydiana

joliefemmebydiana

Barbara from MermaidsHatbox says:

Pink yarrow purse for little girls.

I love to knit with felt wool and the surprise when the piece came out of the washing machine.

The bag is embellished with flowers and decorated with beads and buttons.

MermaidsHatbox

MermaidsHatbox

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

This ribbon has pink yarrow fun circles on black… fun for any female you know to give their gift a bright and fun touch.

ThisandThatCrafter

ThisandThatCrafter

Feel bold and beautiful in this fabulous long caftan/robe in shades of this years Pantone color, pink yarrow! A whimsical floral pattern will brighten anyone’s day! Perfect for spring!
shabbyshopgirls

shabbyshopgirls

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

The pink wavy lines in this ribbon lanyard and key chain makes it pop on the pink yarrow webbing.

This color pink is bold and grabs your attention without you having to say anything when it’s worn which is why it’s one of my absolute favorite colors!

DesignsbyCristal

DesignsbyCristal

Christine from cwagenblass9 says:

A color that says spring and new beginnings – you’re in the pink when you receive this cupcake card that says Happy Birthday!

cwagenblass9

cwagenblass9

Heather Youngblood from youngbloodMADE says:

The pink yarrow accents truly make this original mixed media painting pop. A sure conversation starter for any room in your home or office.

youngbloodMADE

youngbloodMADE

Member Feature: LoveYourBling

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Ruthie of LoveYourBling, our featured member!

LoveYourBling

LoveYourBling

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Ruthie Youngman; I am the founder of Love Your Bling®. I am also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who moonlights as a jewelry designer. I am a wife and mother of two.

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

After many years working in the mental health field, I turned to the hobby of beading to cope with stress at work. The hobby evolved into a small business that allows me to enjoy two diverse careers. I have now shipped to all 50 states and over 50 countries worldwide.

Tell us a bit about your products.

My products styles have varied over the years, but one thing that has stayed consistent is the bling. I am a verified SWAROVSKI® Elements branding partner, so my customer’s can be reassured that they are receiving high-quality crystals.2

What inspires your work?           

Color is my biggest source of inspiration. I love to keep up with Pantone’s seasonal color predictions and incorporate them into my designs. I love classic looks and try to go overboard with style trends.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

My number one goal in 2017 is to focus on wholesale. It is an area of my business I have not put much energy into but I plan to.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

Etsy is a huge marketplace and jewelry is one of if not the most competitive category. There are many designers that create looks that are similar, however, I feel years of excellent customer service and consistent five-star rating reassures customers that I will deliver exactly what they expect. I have endured the high’s and lows of a small business and I am still here. One thing that frustrates customers is when they find a great Etsy shop, and then when they come back to purchase the shop is gone or on vacation. I am proud to have stayed in business this long.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

When I started making jewelry I did everything on my dining room table. Over the years my family has grown and so has our living space so now I have a dedicated room to work in.3

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

In the past eight years, I have learned so much about running a small business, and I did so through a lot of trial and error and Google. I wish I had paid for more education early on. The past three years I have attended conferences specifically designed for handmade business such as Craftcation. It has been wonderful to network with other creative small business owners. I also wish I had registered my trademark sooner.

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Read the forums daily. Over the years I have so many changes and they literally happen overnight. Checking in with forums is the best way to know what is about to change or has changed. Etsy has been great at providing a lot of education via blog posts, and other series and I highly recommend engaging in whatever they provide.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

I have been a life-long crafter, so I dabble in just about every kind of there is. Anything from paper crafts, fiber arts, to painting. At the moment I have revived my love of knitting.

What is your favorite quote?

My absolute favorite quote is by Coco Chanel who said: “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” I believe this is my philosophy is all aspects of my life, but for business, it is critical to stand out.4

Where can people find out more about your business?  

You can find all you need to know at www.LoveYourBling.com, and I am on all major social media channels as @LoveYourBling.

 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I am also a member of the by-invitation-only, juried celebrity gifting organization The Artisan Group®. Love Your Bling has been worn on seven network television shows including The Vampire Diaries, Jane the Virgin, and Fuller House.  Love Your Bling has also participated in elite award show gift lounges such as GBK’s Luxury Celebrity Gift Lounges in Honor of the Golden Globes, MTV Movie Awards, and Primetime Emmys.

I have also been honored to have designs published in two nationally published beading magazines; Bead Style and Create Jewelry magazines.5

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If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.

Christmas In July 2017 – Save The Date

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are excited to announce that Etsy Christmas In July 2017 will be held July 1st – July 10th!

You are all invited to join us in the fun and festivities! We will be sharing more information in the months to come!

To start us off we have created a Facebook Event Page! Please join us and invite your friends! Etsy Christmas In July 2017!

Mark your calendar today and let the preparations begin!

#CIJParty 2017

On July 5th we will host the #CIJParty 2017 right here on our blog! We are working behind the scenes right now prepping for the party!

Curious about our #CIJParty 2016? Here is the link:

#CIJParty 2016

We are looking for team members to make this #CIJParty 2017 creative and innovative! Please see the following links to submit a Christmas Inspired Tutorial or Christmas Inspired Printable:

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Tutorial

#CIJParty 2017: Submit A Printable

Every year we invite team members to write Christmas Inspired Guest Blog Articles. This year the first step in the process will be to pitch us an idea. Then the ideas we choose will receive a submission form for writing the article.

#CIJParty 2017: Pitch A Guest Blog Article Idea

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